Lakeside Music Series performer Ryan Berg impressed the judges on The Voice last night, even creating an unusual stir.
Singing John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” on the blind audition show, the soulful voice of the Dallas singer-songwriter prompted both Gwen Stefani and John Legend to click their buzzers.
But at the completion of the song, Legend turned his chair around only to learn that he had been “blocked” by Stefani (a move judges on The Voice can employ only once a season to guarantee that they have the opportunity to coach a singer).
Legend’s disappointment was clear, especially after Berg acknowledged Ray Charles as one of his primary influences.
Stefani danced around, demonstrating her enjoyment for corralling the talented Texan for herself.
“Wow, you have no choice,” Stefani explained to Berg. “You are stuck with me.” She clearly believes that Berg is an outstanding artist.
Berg last performed at Lakeside in August 2018 with guitarist Jonan Rigsbee.
Not long after Berg’s performance in Lakeside, another veteran of the Lakeside Music Series performed her blind audition on The Voice.
Katrina Cain performed at Lakeside in the summer of 2018 and then impressed a national audience on The Voice months later with her rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers.
Katrina Cain lasted three rounds in 2018 and generated a national following in the process.
Cain, who graduated from UNT in 2012 with a degree in jazz studies, performed at the Lakeside Music Series in 2017 and 2018.
Berg and Cain are hardly the only widely recognized artists who have performed at the Lakeside Music Series.
Click here for more on Lakeside Music Series artists who have won local, regional, and national attention.
Credit for Lakeside’s run of talented performers goes to Michael Clay of Texas Music Project, whose relationships run throughout the North Texas and national music scene.
The mission of the Texas Music Project is to encourage, promote, produce, and advance music education programs across the state.